Its coming into the busy period of my standard day job at the moment so there hasn’t been a huge amount of time for adventures or photo work. Anyway ill be getting out and about a bit more soon to get some new content and finish off some photo jobs that have been on standby.
Here is a gallery of the end of the ski season shots from this year that haven’t found a home.
Its been a bit slow on the updates as I have been doing some different commercial work which I can’t post yet! In the meantime here are some shots from a few sunrise missions we have been on to snag some NZ powder goods. Mt Olympus aka the playground of the gods put it on for an epic powder day.
Bit of a test of the Peak Designs Capture Plate while enjoying the snow at Mt Olympus.
Checking out the recently revamped step up at the local bikes trails when they were finally dry enough to ride, I got the flashes out and took a couple of MTB shots. Was good to get some external lighting out as I haven’t shot that style of photo for a while.
Its time for another photo epic for the month, showing some of what we have been up to. We started off last month with a bit of a weather change and some early snow fall but in the subsequent weeks there was plenty of wind and no more snow so even with eh cool temps what had remained had become pretty crispy. So we dragged the bikes back out and headed up to check out the #mintlyndon track that everyone had been talking about and what a track it is. Check out some photos from the mission below:
Christchurch itself has had the gloomiest June on record with low fog and an epic amount of rain. So with the mission above being our only sunny ride this month it was countdown on until the ski fields started opening and more snow fell. It looks like Queenstown and the Kaikoura ranges have been getting more snow than Canterbury so far and a storm is just rolling in now. But we headed up to the Mt Lyford Opening day and it was a beauty. Check out the photos from that below:
Its been a month or so since we last posted but we have had a busy month and the weather is starting to change to winter here in NZ so the bike content will slow down for a bit.
Major project for the month was filming a new video for the Christchurch Adventure Park to showcase how much of an epic spot they have there!
Check it out below:
We also went and shot a pile of photos up there as my bike has been broken!
Check them out below:
Last but not least as I mentioned earlier in this post the weather is changing and winter is kicking in, so we ventured out for a look and got some powdery goodness. There is only one photo from the day as it was to good to stop but check it below:
2 years ago we lost one of the greats of NZ mountain biking, and people from across the country and world made the trip down to Queenstown for the second Mcgazza Fest. It was a wild weekend with some epic events in Kellys name. The dream track session the went down on the Saturday avo was all time with some insane levels of riding being thrown out there! McGazza would have been stoked to see it! Check out the highlights below. And don’t forget to visit the Kelly McGarry Foundation to keep up to date with future events and how is legacy is continuing in NZ #mcgazzaforever
It was the week before Christmas, and all through the land, festive cheer was spreading, so we gave it a hand. We decided to have a bit of a laugh and put together this super high budget Christmas mini-edit with Freeride New Zealand. We got ourselves a rad local shredder – Joseph Nation – put him in an extremely high-quality Santa suit, handed him a beer and sent him off down a hill. It was edge-of-your-seat stuff as the trousers ripped and got caught in the seat on almost every turn. We’re lucky we made it out alive.
Have a great Christmas break, and make sure you get out on your bike!
If you want to see the Spoke Magazine article with heaps of sick photos from Freeride NZ click here.
Rider: Joe Nation (@Joenation1)
Filmed & Produced: Sam Minnell & Jay French
Music: King Diamond – No presents for Christmas
The good people at Photo and Video International and Fujifilm NZ let me borrow the Fuji GFX50s medium format camera for the week. This camera is absolutely unreal, the dynamic range and detail is incredible. I couldn’t post all of the photos I shot below as I have sent some off for publications, but there are a range of images I shot through the week below, including Ben riding some of the Lyttleton MTB Trails and some scenic shots from Coleridge.
The first road trip of the MTB season went down a couple of weeks ago. We all headed south to get some days in on the Skyline Gondola in Queenstown. We had planned on making a full edit, but the tracks were running super mint and we were having way to much fun, so all we ended up with was POV footage. Enjoy!